Chicago, Philadelphia Papers Lose Staffers
More news of newspaper layoffs in two big cities. First, 45 editorial staffers are losing their jobs due to layoffs or buyouts at Philadelphia Media Network Inc.'s The Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com.
Next, an article in the Chicago Tribune, reporting on the paper's own doings, says that 15 newsroom staffers had been let go.
Sadly, the article reads like the reporter was dealing with an unwilling subject. The news is attributed to "company sources," and the only statement on record is one of those painful corporate-jargon quotes that says nothing: "'The Chicago Tribune does not publicly discuss internal personnel matters.... Like most companies, the Tribune makes decisions about staff skills and composition based on customer needs and business conditions.'"